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Use Proper Defense Against the Funk!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Jordan Leen, assistant coach of 2015 ACC Tournament champion Virginia, does a great job of teaching his wrestlers how to defend against the funk. Leen knows that wrestlers need to remain disciplined and protected to triumph, and in this clip you’ll learn some of the techniques that have led to the Cavaliers’ success.

Wrestler Disciplines and Protections

Drill Summary: From any leg attack, it’s important for wrestlers to keep their feet tucked back under their hips so the opponent can’t ankle pass. It’s also key to keep weight the your hips, not the hands. If the opponent does pass the ankle, the wrestler can bring their other foot over to be able to to sit on the ankles and glide. From there, the wrestler can hover while keeping their weight back.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The New Rules of Attack: Defense Against the Funk.” View other world class Wrestling videos!

Shift Weight Correctly to Maximize Shot Put Distance!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Craig Carter, University of Arizona throws coach, knows the importance of a proper weight transfer for shot putters. In this drill, athletes will learn to step into their throws to achieve maximum distance.

Non-Reverse Stand Throw w/ Box

Drill Summary: For this drill, you will need a 4-inch box. Place the box at the front of the throwing circle. The athlete starts the drill by standing with both feet on the box, with the leg opposite of their throwing arm closest to the target. The first movement the athlete makes is a step back with their back leg, while also stretching out their non-throwing arm toward the back of the throwing circle. Once they’ve reached this position, the athlete rotates, shifts their weight up onto the box and explodes forward to throw the shot put.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Block the left side.
2) Get the right side up.
3) Stretch the left arm out.
4) Square up to the target to finish.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Mega Drills for the Shot Put.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

Increase the Power and Explosiveness of Your Wrestlers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Oklahoma State’s wrestling program has excelled under legendary head coach John Smith. A large part of the Cowboys’ success must be attributed to Smith’s strength and conditioning coach Gary Calcagno. In this drill, Calcagno goes over the first two lifts of OSU’s power and explosion lifting series.

Power & Explosion Series

Drill Summary: In this clip, clean grip jump shrugs and snatch grip jump shrugs are performed. The athlete focuses on jumping with the hip, knee and ankle. For the clean grip jump, the athlete hinges the hips, puts their butt back, gets their chest over the bar and jumps. Focus on jumping straight up and allow the bar to pick you up. For the snatch grip jump, keep the arms straight until you jump.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Training for Power and Explosiveness.” View other world class Wrestling videos!


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